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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Bromka, Sondra & John Christmas Musical Folk Traditions Around the World & Across Time History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
The evocative sounds of the arraye of rare historic and folk musical instruments will lead you into the nooks and crannies of France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the British Isles in a celebration of Christmas traditions in many lands. From festive tunes for dance and procession, to evocative ballads and songs for chorusing - this rich and festive holiday musical program features seasonal aires, songs, and traditions. Instruments include the hurdy gurdy, French and Northumbrian bagpipes, Celtic harp, Swedish nykleharpa, Irish pennywhistle, and much more.
$351- $500
Witkover, Richard Turkey...Istanbul and Beyond Media- Photography,
Multicultural- Other,
Other
Turkey has been called the "crossroads of Civilization". Its history pre-dates the bronze age. Many biblical events occurred there. The remnants of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations abound. Come and travel through this historic area by land, sailboat and hot air balloon. A 40 minute multi-media dvd-based presentation using modern computer techniques. In addition an exhibit of large high quality photographs will be presented
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Midsummer's Magic Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Experience the beauty of the Summer Solstice in Legends and Songs from Many Lands. Drawn from cultures all over the world, Midsummer’s Magic is a story and music celebration of nature at the time of the Summer Solstice. This delightful and entertaining performance brings alive Celtic, Czech, English, Japanese and Australian legends of tree-spirits, fireflies and magical transformations. Midsummer’s Eve is traditionally a time of magic when the luminous world of fairies can join with our own. In this unforgettable story and music event master storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic Harper Margot Chamberlain take us to the heart of the season on the wings of story and song.
$501- $1000
Bierko, Scott Singable Stories From Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Multicultural- Native American,
Music
A Musical Journey Through the World of Books! “Singable Stories” is a forty-five minute, interactive concert of children's stories turned into songs by Beth & Scott Bierko. The material used in the program is based upon books of well-known children's folktales, myths and legends from diverse world cultures. Volunteers also locate countries on a 9'x12' world map backdrop. Countries covered include: Ireland, India, China, Switzerland, Russia and Native America. In addition to helping locate the countries, children are asked to participate in the stories. In most of the songs, students are invited to become actors on-stage and in others they sing or clap from their seats.
$351- $500
Bezrodnov, Vitaliy Golden Gates - Singing, Dancing, Instrumental Company (15) Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Golden Gates offers audiences an entertaining and authentic glimpse into Old Russia through music, song, and dance. The repertoire is centered around masterpieces of Russian folklore and represents the diversity of the culture, ranging from gently humorous songs, to elaborate lyrical suites, to pulsating dance numbers. The program is broad and varied, with something to appeal to everyone, including audience participation though clapping and learning Russian songs and words. Lilting balalaikas, dynamic bayan accordion, unique trashotky and loshky, humorous dances, and superb vocals combine for an exhilarating and educational performance for audiences of all ages.
$501- $1000
McIntosh, Story Laurie Get Down, Jump Around & Boogie with Books! (For 2018 SRP Libraries Rock) Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Veteran storyteller and musician Story Laurie is looking forward to rockin’ & groovin’ with your library patrons this summer. Named ‘Best Children’s Performer’ by Hudson Valley Magazine, Story Laurie is renowned for her amazing ability to engage kids of ALL ages with her deliciously creative and fun participatory programs. For the 2018 LIBRARIES ROCK theme, Laurie invites your SRP audience to ‘Get Down, Jump Around, & Boogie with Books!’ This program combines groovin’ musical versions of classic picture books (eg. Five Little Monkeys) with lively story songs (eg. Abiyoyo) and highly original sing-along songs based on much-loved picture book characters (Blueberries for Sal & Pete the Cat) and real life heroes, such as Mama Miti (Wangari Maathai). Laurie's program always serve up a bushel full of fun while also inspiring a lifelong love for reading. Visit Laurie’s website for more details and countless testimonials by librarians and events organizers.
$201- $350
James, Matt Christmas Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Music
Featuring winter holiday songs/stories/traditions from around the world.
Up to $100
Kamran, Annelies Places in the News History,
Multicultural- Other,
Other
Short courses in the background of places in the headlines: learn about the history, politics, economics, and culture of countries in crisis and rising powers. Each one and a half hour class session will cover a different country. In keeping with public libraries’ educational mission, the objective of the series is to equip citizens with the information needed to understand news coverage (or lack thereof) as well as to evaluate U.S. policy and policymakers. Guest speakers for question-and-answer sessions will be introduced as available/appropriate. Countries in the series will include North Korea, El Salvador, Saudi Arabia, India, and China. (Sessions on other countries can be developed on request.) Special attention will be paid to explaining the aims and impact of U.S. policies vis-à-vis other countries: executive agency actions, federal legislation, and local impact here on Long Island. Perfect for current events discussion groups!
$201- $350
Japanese Arts Center, Ryu Shu Kan Shimenawa - Japanese New Year's Wreath History,
Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Shimenawa are lengths of braided rice straw or hemp rope used for ritual purification in Japan. They can vary in diameter from a few centimeters to several meters, and are often used at the entrance to temples or homes for good luck and to keep away evil spirits. Patrons will make their own Japanese style New Year's Good Luck Wreath with material supplied by us. There is an additional Material fee of $10/person.
$201- $350
Cossio, Miguel Fiestas - Celebrations in Mexico and Latin America History,
Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Miguel Cossio was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, to a family of folk artist and performers from whom he learned the many crafts, rituals and traditions of his community and region, especially those associated with Celebrations. Now living in New York, Miguel has taught arts-in-education programs in schools and many other venues. He is currently on the teaching roster of Arts Westchester- www.artswestchester.org and Center for Arts Education- www.caenyc.org in NYC. Miguel offers interactive cultural programs that bring to life the magic of the traditional folk arts from Mexico and Latin America. Programs include hands-on workshops, slide shows, folk art displays with audience participation and Spanish conversation. Masks for Carnival - Papel Picado for 5 de Mayo - Dancing skeleton stick puppets for Day of the Dead - Pinatas for the New Year are some of the hands-on art projects participants can create while learning about these incredible traditions! Variable content for different age levels. Art projects completed in a single session. Art projects linked to a cultural context.
$351- $500
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